Haywood Community College Showcases Student Films

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  • Location: Auditorium
  • Dates and times:
    • Tuesday, May 01, 2012
      From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Tuesday, May 01, 2012
      From 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Last updated: Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 08:57 AM

Film & Video Production Technology students from Haywood Community College will showcase their latest film projects on the big screen of the school’s Beall Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. The hour-long showcase will feature four individual student films and one group project. The films will run at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.  

In addition to the films in the auditorium, students will display “preproduction” materials required for the individual projects. Scripts, storyboards, miniature sets, props, unique set pieces, and photos will tell the story behind the stories. 

Film & Video Instructor Cheryl Fulghum said she is pleased with the variety of films the program is showcasing. “In one semester, the students have taken scary, horrific, comedic and culinary ideas from paper to screen. The result is an entertaining and diverse hour of short films,” Fulghum said.    

Student Joshua Harris wrote and directed a thriller involving kidnapping, madness and sacrifice. “I’ve always loved the way movies make us feel: happy, sad, excited and much more,” Harris said. “So for my short film project, I really wanted to try and scare people. I’ve never liked scary movies and I knew I had to challenge myself and make one. Writing something that was scary took a lot of searching in dark places, and directing a vision taught me a lot about communication and passion. Watching The Other Side of the Door go from an idea to a short film has been like watching a child grow up. A ton of time, sweat and tears went into this movie, and I hope people like it.”

According to Fulghum, the faculty is encouraging Harris to enter his film in a national film festival. “Joshua Harris is an artistic breath of fresh of air,” Fulghum said. “He is a big picture guy who understands the larger concepts of film art. He has shown himself to be a superb director with a great cinematic eye.”

Rose: The Untold Story is a heartfelt comedy written and directed by Justin K. Lawrence. “This is my first comedy,” Lawrence said. “After some casting issues, the cast came together in a surprising way. The result is a sweet story about love and acceptance.” Lawrence will graduate in May and is looking for a job in the industry. Meanwhile, he plans to continue making unique films.

Johneshia Hollis wrote, directed and starred in an episode of Juju’s Tastee Island, a television cooking show she created. “At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for my final project, but I knew I wanted to act in it,” Hollis said. “I’ve always wanted to shoot a cooking show, so I picked one of my favorite meals and went with it. I had a lot of fun. I’m very random with what I shoot, so we’ll see what I come up with next.” Hollis will graduate in December 2012 and plans to go on to a four-year university for film.

Rob Ridenour returned to the film and video program in 2011 after a nine-year hiatus. His film, entitled This Thing, is a throwback to the 1980s campy, monster movies.

“It is a fun little monster movie and I’m proud of it,” Ridenour said. “Filmmaking is a fun, but difficult process. Creating This Thing taught me a lot about that process and how dedicated you have to be. There’s always going to be problems and you have to go with the flow and press through. I loved my crew; loved my actors. I’m new to this, so they helped me a lot. Next up for me is more school. I’m still learning.”

Michael McCoy has experienced both sides of HCC’s Film & Video program as a student and instructional assistant. He co-produced and directed Appalachian Rhythm, a docu-featurette on mountain music. It is the first of three segments on mountain music which will air as webisodes on the newly formed creative group More Than Films Media’s website.

More than Films Media offers a venue for storytelling that goes beyond the traditional mediums of film and television. Our way of communication has changed. The web-based airing of short documentary-style stories is an example of an innovative way to promote art through media.”

For more information about the HCC Film Showcase or More than Films Media, contact Cheryl Fulghum at 828.565.4280 or cfulghum@haywood.edu.